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Fleur-De-Links: Saturday, December 8

Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news, opinion, and whatnot. TODAY'S HEADLINE: RB Chris Ivory doubtful for Giants game with injured hamstring. Does this hurt or help the running game?

This was probably the beginning of TUSK's hamstring injury.
This was probably the beginning of TUSK's hamstring injury.
Chris Graythen


Statement from Jerry Jones: "We are deeply saddened by the news of this accident and the passing of Jerry Brown....

RT : Cowboys DT Josh Brent arrested on intoxication manslaughter charge after car accident that killed teammate

Any good date night suggestions for things to do in the Metairie area tonight? Need some suggestions, Thanks!

Any entertainment suggestions??? Thanks

Landed in NYC

Congrats to my Uncles alma mater Barbe HS and Archbishop Rummel on reaching the LA state 5A Final in the Dome. Have fun and be safe boys.

Thoughts and prayers go out to Jerry Brown's family. He was a real cool guy and a great teammate.

Heart Thumping Through My Chest....I Missed This Feeling ....Release The Cragon

So far we are egg free this week!


From the Saints Sideline

New Orleans Saints RB Chris Ivory added to injury list; doubtful for Sunday's game |
Nakia Hogan - The New Orleans Saints likely will be without running back Chris Ivory, who apparently has a hamstring injury, for Sunday's game against the New York Giants.

New Orleans Saints vs. New York Giants: Inside the game |
Nakia Hogan - New Orleans Saints (5-7) vs. New York Giants (7-5).

Cameron Jordan's development has been a much-needed source of optimism for New Orleans Saints' defense |
Mike Triplett - Last year, Cameron Jordan had just one sack.

New Orleans Saints hope by beating the Giants they can copycat last year's Giants |
Larry Holder - The Saints aren't kidding themselves as they know their playoff fate isn't fully up to them.

New Orleans Saints LB David Hawthorne adjusting to the strong side |
Nakia Hogan - David Hawthorne hasn't said much this season.

Giants’ Eli Manning still has his critics | The Advocate
Brian Allee-Walsh - There is no debate when it comes to Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees.

Saints draw inspiration from Giants’ run | The Advocate
Guerry Smith - AP - The New Orleans Saints know they are long shots to make the playoffs even if they beat the New York Giants on Sunday.

Giants' writer assesses team's late season struggles |
Bradley Handwerger - This week we welcome in Ralph Vacchiano, who works for the New York Daily News.

New Orleans Saints Travel to Face the New York Giants |
Saints and Giants Kickoff at 3:25 pm CT on Sunday

Broadcast Information: Saints at Giants |

Spagnuolo returns to Big Apple | The Sun Herald
Gary Estwick - On Sunday, Saints defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will return to the city of his greatest professional achievement.

5 Things to Look For in Saints @ Giants |
Andrew Juge - The Saints will travel to New York to face the Giants on Sunday it what will pin the defending world champions against the 2009 champs.


Start Spreading the News...

Nicks returns to Giants practice, questionable for Sunday |
Mark Hale - After sitting out Thursday’s practice with an ailing knee, Hakeem Nicks was back working in practice Friday.

New York Giants must stop Jimmy Graham of New Orleans Saints on Sunday |
Mark Hale - The last time the Giants saw the Saints, the number 80 left an indelible mark on the Big Blue defense — as in the jersey number worn by New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham.

Replay of Nightmare Game vs. Saints Meant to Wake Up Giants |
Tom Pedulla - The Giants’ season-long quest to return to the defensive heights that carried them to last season’s Super Bowl triumph may revolve around motivation drawn from watching one of the worst performances in their 88-year history.

Giants players to watch vs. Saints |
Dan Salomone - Keep an eye on these players as the Giants take on the Saints Sunday.

Players aware of slim NFC East lead |
Michael Eisen - Heading into Sunday's matchup with the Saints, the Giants know they have a slim lead in the NFC East.

The Playbook - New Orleans Saints at NY Giants: Big Blue now in a battle to hold off Redskins, Cowboys in the NFC East | NY Daily News
Hank Gola - Key matchup: Saints RBs Pierre Thomas, Chris Ivory and Mark Ingram vs. MLB Chase Blackburn and the Giants front seven.

Twitter mailbag: Will Eli Manning rebound? - NFC East Blog |
Dan Graziano - Back for more from the Twitter mailbag, which I think is proving a much more efficient way of taking and answering your questions than the old mailbag was.

On this Giants-Sean Payton thing - NFC East Blog |
Dan Graziano - A bit of controversy this Friday about a comment by New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford in this New York Times story about the difficulty of trying to ensure that suspended New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton isn't communicating with his team.

Final Word: NFC East - NFC East Blog |
Dan Graziano - Five nuggets of knowledge about Week 14.



Film of the NFC South chat - NFC South Blog |
Pat Y - Let’s take a team-by-team look at some of the highlights

NFC South programming notes - NFC South Blog |
Pat Y - I’m about to make the trek to Charlotte, where I’ll be covering Sunday’s game between the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers.

NFL selections for Week 14 from the panel |

NFL playoff picture: Who's in and who's still in the hunt |
Dan Swenson - If the NFL Playoffs started today...

Feelin' the Brees: New Orleans Saints' offensive stats through Game 12 |
Dan Swenson - Most Saints fans are probably still trying to forget about this game, so apologies in advance for the reminder...


V-Roll Roll Call

Video: Joe Vitt Interview |
Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers Coach Joe Vitt speaks with reporters after practice on Friday, December 7, 2012.

Video: Pete Carmichael Interview |
Offensive Coordinator Pete Carmichael speaks with reporters after practice on Friday, December 7, 2012.

Video: Giants vs. Saints Preview Report | previews Sunday's matchup with the Saints.

Video Sneak Peak: Strategy - Saints' offense |

Video Sneak Peak: Strategy - Saints' defense |